We launched the Nestlé Academy, in 2011, to grow talent across all areas of the business. It brings together our graduate and apprenticeship programmes, direct entry schemes and vocational training to build the pipeline of specialist skills and broad experience needed for future business success.
Our Academy focuses on developing high quality skills with an entrepreneurial mind set. We understand that attitude and values are as important as qualifications in driving our business forward – and we work hard to ensure that our employees have both.
We are committed to providing flexible entry points to attract people at different stages of their career. We provide more than 60 engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships for 45 young people and 15 adult apprentices across our factories. Summer and full year intern placements are offered in our commercial functions as well as a graduate programme across all aspects of our business. Recognising the different life stage of the young people applying to us, we introduced a new Strengths based assessment process that enables us to identify those young people with the energy, passion and ability to succeed in our organisation, even if they have not yet built up work experience to prove their capability.
Nestlé Academy Fast Start Programme
Our Fast Start Programme, launched in 2013, enables young people to “earn while they learn”. It combines three years of work experience across a range of commercial functions in Nestlé, alongside study towards a bespoke degree in Professional Business Practice from Sheffield Hallam University.
Aimed at post A-level students, it is designed to offer an alternative route to higher education while gaining valuable business experience and a permanent job. The young people are paid a competitive salary, in addition to working towards a fully funded degree.
We recruited 12 young people to join the scheme in 2013.
Doubling our number of apprentices and graduates
As a company, we recognise that finding training or employment has rarely been harder for young people. So we are committed to providing good opportunities for talented school-leavers and graduates.
Since launching the Nestlé Academy we have more than doubled the number of young people we are supporting, with an increase in the number of graduates, apprentices and interns across our business.
In 2012, we recruited 16 new young apprentices and five adult apprentices bringing our total to 60 working right across our business. We also recruited 44 new graduates - our largest ever intake, compared to 25 in 2011 - and we plan to increase this number further by the end of 2013. By 2014, we expect more than 200 young people to join our Nestlé Academy training programmes.
"Being part of what the Nestlé Academy has to offer has helped me strive towards my goals and succeed as an apprentice throughout the last 3 years of my programme.
"The academy creates a great world of support for all those involved, graduates and apprentices alike. I have personally found that the academy has provided me with some excellent business and presentation skills that work hand in hand with the craft skills I have learnt as part of my apprenticeship. This combination of skills will help me to secure an exciting and prosperous career in the future at Nestlé."
Mark Thompson- Engineering Apprentice
"The Academy has given me the chance to develop my skills and push above and beyond the requirements of my apprenticeship.
"The support has been there throughout my apprenticeship ensuring I achieve to the best of my ability and excelling in my role as an apprentice.
"Some people call it an apprenticeship, but with the academy it is so much more."
Jordan Phillips- Engineering Apprentice
Adult apprenticeships and training
We are determined to provide opportunities for talented and enthusiastic people from all age groups. We offer adult apprenticeships to those who want to learn engineering skills, achieve National Vocational Qualifications, or to build competencies in different functions. In 2012, 25 of our Academy trainees were existing employees who wanted to develop their skills further or gain a formal qualification.
Between 2011 and 2012, six existing employees were given the opportunity to build and develop their skill set through an adult apprenticeship programme in Advanced Engineering. The apprentices based in our Tutbury and Halifax factories joined a two year programme including a mix of college study and on-the-job experience, leading to a new role as a Plant Technician.